Helen Martin

Helen Martin was an African-American actress with a strong reputation. She first made a name for herself as a founding member of Harlem's American Negro Theater in the early 1940s and debuted on Broadway in Orson ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1909

Filmography

Actor (42)

Something to Sing About 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Momma Doll (Actor)

I Got the Hook Up 1998 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Nana Cross (Actor)

I'm Bout It 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Full House 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Parent 'Hood 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Canfield (Actor)

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Maddie (Actor)

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Deevers (Actor)

227 1985 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancin' Thru the Dark 1990 (Movie)

Madonna (Actor)

Night Angel 1990 (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

A Raisin in the Sun 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

Bobby's Grandmother (Actor)

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

Peep Show Girl (Actor)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Parks (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

3rd Baptist (Actor)

Better Late Than Never 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dummy 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby, I'm Back! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Bell (Actor)

That's My Mama 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Daddy 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Church Sister (Actor)

J.T. 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Where's Poppa? 1970 (Movie)

Second Job Applicant (Actor)

The Phenix City Story 1955 (Movie)

Helen Ward (Actor)

Amos (TV Show)

Actor

Cindy (TV Show)

Actor

The Jerk, Too (TV Show)

Actor

This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

The Invisible Ghost (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Lady Confesses (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Helen Martin was an African-American actress with a strong reputation. She first made a name for herself as a founding member of Harlem's American Negro Theater in the early 1940s and debuted on Broadway in Orson Welles's 1941 production of "Native Son." Many of her finest roles continued to be for the stage, but later in her career she also appeared regularly on television and in feature films. She made her screen debut in director Phil Karlson's explosively angry '55 crime film "The Phenix City Story," based on a true story of major corruption, murder, and racial intolerance in the Alabama town. It was another 14 years before she returned to making films or television, but she would quickly make up for lost time throughout the '70s and beyond. On television, she is best known for her roles on sitcoms that focused mostly on the lives of black characters, such as "That's My Momma," "Good Times" (playing neighbour Wanda), and the long-running "227" (as Pearl). Martin played similar offbeat characters in the movies "Doc Hollywood," "I Got the Hook Up," "I'm Bout It," and "Bulworth." She died in 2000 of a heart attack.

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